It can all be summed up for me in this quote, which I received via Word of God Everyday:

God speaks in the silence of the heart.

Listening is the beginning of prayer.

– Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

For me, that silence of the heart often begins right after I throw up my hands and yell “FINE!” with an attitude worthy of the most belligerent Old Testament prophets.

No sooner have I thrown my little tantrum than I find myself out of breath and a bit silent.

The key, for me, is to learn to reach this silence of heart without the need to throw up my hands. And maybe that’s what this Lent was about.

Kinda hard telling, but it can be no accident that the word this year is listening, can it?